Tours & activities in London

London Grim Reaper Free Tour

Discover London’s darkest history – including Jack the Ripper – on this 2-hour walking tour

ABOUT THE London Grim Reaper Free Tour

This 2-hour walking tour covers many must-see sites and stories including Jack the Ripper, the Black Plague and much more. Discover how traitors and criminals were punished and what life was really like for people living in the East End. In a city so full of light and beauty, this walk will show us the darkness waiting behind every corner.

 

The London Grim Reaper Tour starts by the Sundial outside Tower Hill station and finishes at the Ten Bells pub next to Spitalfields Market.

Gratuity-based Free Tour concept

The gratuity-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

 

Crime and punishment in Olde England

Your expert local guide starts the Grim Reaper tour by looking over the Tower of London, believed to be the most haunted building in the city. Whether you believe in spirits or not, the dark history of those who were imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed on its doorstep will give you a new appreciation for crime and punishment in Olde England.

Life in London in the Middle Ages

The 2-hour tour starts in the 1400s, a long time before London had an official police force, when tyrants rules and preyed on the weak. Your local guide will walk you through London’s East End, explaining the poverty and overcrowding the residents lived in, as well as telling you about the plague pits that were dug when the Black Plague hit.

The infamous Jack the Ripper

Of course though, no tour of London’s dark history would be complete without discussing Jack the Ripper, who was never caught and never identified. See the Prostitutes’ Church where he picked some of his victims, hear how he gradually got more and more brazen with the murders, discuss some of the suspects, and end the tour near the bar where his final victim was last seen alive.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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The London Grim Reaper Tour starts by the sundial outside Tower Hill Station

  • Learn about the infamous Jack the Ripper – victims, methods and suspects
  • Discover crime, punishment and execution at the Tower of London
  • Hear about everyday life in Olde London – poverty, crime and disease
  • Uncover the devastating effects of the Black Plague, and plague pits

TOUR SCHEDULES

Today

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Next departure in English : Thursday 9th Feb 20236:30 PM
Next departure in Spanish : Thursday 9th Feb 20236:30 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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What is a gratuity-based Free Tour?

 

The gratuity-based Free Tour is the best introduction to London! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 3 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The gratuity-based Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of London's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • The route covers many of London's major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in Covent Garden
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time

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